The War: A Memoir

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The War: A Memoir

By Marguerite Duras
Pantheon, 1986
150 pp. $13.95

The setting is Paris during the closing months of World War II, the Germans in retreat, the Resistance out for blood. The stories, alleged to be the contents of a diary forgotten by Duras for 40 years, are of cruelty, betrayal, torture and self-torture, by no means confined to one side. They dwell so graphically on hatred and revenge as to seem almost perverse, or are they only tough-minded? This is still another stunning depiction of the degradation of humanity in the wake of war and occupation.

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